Associate Professor

Official Government Gazette, Issue 537/24.4.14
Specialization: Sociolinguistics

Οffice: Karantoni Building

+30 22510 36318 kkan@sa.aegean.gr

Website: http://www.sa.aegean.gr/canakis/ 


Costas Canakis is Associate Professor of Linguistics and director of the Laboratory for Ethnographic Studies on Language (LESoL). After graduating with a BA in English from the University of Athens (1990, magna cum laude) he earned a PhD in Linguistics as a Fulbright & Century Scholar at the University of Chicago (with a thesis entitled “KAI: The Story of a Conjunction”, 1995). He subsequently taught at Princeton University (1995-1997) and the Universities of Athens (1998-2001) and Thessaloniki (2001-2002), before joining the University of the Aegean in 2000. His interests lie at the intersection of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, and anthrolinguistics, as evidenced by his monograph An Introduction to Pragmatics: Cognitive and Social Aspects of Language Use (in Greek, Eikostos Protos, 2007), while his current research focuses on two broad themes: Balkan linguistic landscapes and sexual citizenship and narratives of same-sex parenthood. Other book length publications include Subjectification: Various Paths to Subjectivity (co-edited with A. Athanasiadou & B. Cornillie, Mouton de Gruyter, 2006), Language and Sexuality: (Through and) beyond Gender (co-edited with V. Kantsa & K. Yannakopoulos, CSP, 2010), and Language and Sexuality: Linguistic and Anthropological Perspectives (in Greek, Eikostos Protos, 2011). He has lectured as an invited speaker at Universities and academic institutions at home and abroad (among which Harvard University, King’s College, University of Hull, Universität Hamburg, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Katholieke Universitet Leuven, Århus Universitet, Al-Farabi University (Almaty), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Thesally, Volos) and participated in numerous international conferences. He has published in Gender and Language, Constructions and Frames, Journal of Modern Greek Studies and served as a reviewer for journals such as The Journal of Pragmatics, Constructions and Frames, The European Journal of Humor Research, Glossologia, and Problems of Post-Communism.


Language, Gender, and Sexuality (graduate program)

Continuities and discontinuities in ideas: Language and the History of Concepts (graduate program)

GL-300: Introduction to Linguistics (C)

SEM-070 Linguistic landscape/p>

SEM-071 Deixis and indexicalityLanguage, Gender, and Sexuality (graduate program)

Papers in Press

Canakis, C. (to appear). Categorization and indexicality. In K. Hall & R. Barrett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Kanakes, K. 2007. Eisagoge stēn pragmatologia: Gnostikes kai koinonikes opseis tes glossikes xreses [Pragmatics: An introduction to Cognitive and Social aspects of Language in Use]. Athena: Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou.

Edited volumes

Kanakes, K. (ed.). 2011. Glōssa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Prōtou.

Canakis, C., Kantsa, V. & Yiannakopoulos, K. (eds.). 2010. Language and Sexuality: (Through and) Beyond Gender. Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing..

Athanasiadou, A., Canakis, C. & B. Cornillie. (eds.). 2006. Paths of Subjectivity. CLR Series. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Canakis, C., Chan, G. & J. Marshall Denton (eds.). 1992. Papers from the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 1: The Main Session. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Marshall Denton, J., Chan, G. & C. Canakis (eds.) 1992. Papers from the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 2: The Parasession on the Cycle in Linguistic theory. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society

Papers in journals

Canakis, C. 2017. “Snapshots of the Balkans through ethnographic investigation of the linguistic landscape.” Punctum: International Journal of Semiotics, special issue “Semiotics and fieldwork: Critical ethnographies” (invited contribution).

Canakis, C. & Kersten-Pejanić, R. 2016. “Spray-canned Discourses: Reimagining Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship through Linguistic Landscapes in the Balkans.” In S. Goll, M. Mlinarić, & J. Gold (eds.), Minorities under Attack: Othering and Right-Wing Extremismin SoutheastEuropean Societies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 129-159.

Canakis, C. 2015a. Non-quantifiying lίγo constructions in Modern Greek. Constructions and Frames 7(1): 47-78.

Canakis, C. 2015b. The Desire for Identity and the Identity of Desire: Language, Gender, and Sexuality in the Greek Context. Gender and Language 9(1): 59-81.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2015c. Αφηγήσεις για την ομόφυλη γονεϊκότητα: Η συνομιλιακή διαπραγμάτευση της έμφυλης και σεξουαλικής ταυτότητας σε σχέση με την αναπαραγωγή. In Θ.-Σ. Παυλίδου (επιμ.), Η ελληνική γλώσσα στην προφορική επικοινωνία. Θεσσαλονίκη: Ίδρυμα Νεολληνικών Σπουδών. Kanakes, K. 2011. Ho ethnikos kormos: Epimetro. Eneken 19.

Kanakes, K. 2010. Ho ethnikos kormos: Glōssa, seksualikoteta kai ethnoteta sto valkaniko ethniko aphegema [The national body: Language, sexuality and nationality in the Balkan national narrative]. Eneken 18: 119-136.

Kanakes, K. 2009. Ekfrazondas andrikes omoerotikes epithymies kai ypokeimenikotetes sto diadiktyo. Synxrona Themata 105: 78-83.

Kanakes, K. 2007. Apokodikopoiondas te glossa tes marketas: Omoseksualikotota kai emporeusime arsenikoteta. Synxrona Themata 98: 55-59.

Canakis, C. 2007. Review of The Building Blocks of Meaning: Ideas for a Philosophical Grammar by Michele Prandi. Journal of Pragmatics 39(6): 1231-1234.

Canakis, C. 2003. Metaphors of a body meant to die. Gramma 11, 13-29.

Canakis, C. 1994. Diglossia as an agent of humour in the writings of Helena Akrita. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 12, 221-237.

Papers in collected volumes

Canakis, C. and Kersten-Pejanić, R. 2016. Spray-canned Discourses: Reimagining Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship through Linguistic Landscapes in the Balkans. In S. Goll, M. Mlinaric, and J. Gold (eds.), Minorities under Attack: Othering and Right-Wing Extremism in Southeast European Societies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 128-159.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2015. Ο λόγος της ομόφυλης ανδρικής γονεϊκότητας στην Ελλάδα: Μια πρώτη προσέγγιση. Στο Β. Καντσά (επιμ.), Συγγένεια και ιατρική τεχνολογία. Αθήνα: (In)fercit/Αλεξάνδρεια, 247-264.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2014. Γλωσσικές πράξεις και αρχή της συνεργασίας. Στο Μ. Γεωργαλίδου, Μ. Σηφιανού και Β. Τσάκωνα (επιμ.), Ανάλυση λόγου: Θεωρία και εφαρμογές. Αθήνα: Νήσος, 38-79.

Canakis, C. 2013. The ‘national body’: Language and sexuality in the Balkan national narrative. In F. Tsibiridou and N. Palantzas (eds.), Myths of the Other in the Balkans: Representations, Social Practices, Performances. Thessaloniki: www.balkanmyth.com, 305–320.

Kanakes, K. 2012a. He epithymia ya ten tautoteta kai he tautoteta tes epithymias. In A. Halkias & A. Apostolleli (eds.), Seksualikotetes kai phyla. Athena: Aleksandreia.

Canakis, C. 2012b. Towards grammaticalized verbal diminutivization? In Z. Gavriilidou, A. Efthymiou, E. Thomadaki, & P. Kambakis-Vougiouklis (Eds.), Selected papers of the 10th International Conference of Greek Linguistics (pp. 177-185). Komotini: Democritus University of Thrace.

Kanakes, K. 2011b. Eisagoge: Pothen glossa kai seksualikoteta? In K. Kanakes (ed.), Glossa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Eikostos Protos.

Kanakes, K. 2011c. Sir, yes sir! Pornographike glossa: Ho logos tes aprokalypta seksualikes anaparastases. In K. Kanakes (ed.), Glossa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Eikostos Protos.

Canakis, C. 2010. Eroticizing homo-subjectivities in online personals. In C. Canakis, V. Kantsa, & K. Yannakopoulos (eds.), Language and Sexuality: (Through and) beyond Gender. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 143-170.

Canakis, C. 2010. Introduction: On language, sexuality, and other creatures. In C. Canakis, V. Kantsa, & K. Yannakopoulos (eds.), Language and Sexuality: (Through and) beyond Gender. Newcastle Upon Tyne: CSP Publishers, 1-21.

Kanakes, K. 2008. He strategike xrese koinonioglossikon parametron sto euthymographema tes Helenas Akrita te dekaetia tou 1980 kai semera. In P. Politis (ed.), Ho logos tes mazikes epikoinenias: To helleniko paradeigma. Thessalonike: Instituto Neoellenikon Spoudon, 342-380.

Canakis, C. 1997. Pragmatics vs. cognitive semantics. In Papers from the Thirty-third Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Chicago: CLS, 15-29.

Canakis, C. 1991. Multiple offers in Modern Greek and American English. Chicago Working Papers in Linguistics 7, 1-17.